With a heavy heart, Charles rode to Maer to talk to his uncle Josiah. Josiah agreed with Charles that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; there was certainly no reason to think that the voyage would interfere with his career when he returned. In the meantime, it would provide an unparalleled opportunity to see the world and maybe even do some science in the process. He wrote a letter to Robert and sent it off immediately, enumerating the reasons why the voyage would be good for Charles. Charles returned to The Mount to find that Robert had been convinced. If Josiah was in support of the trip, Robert could hardly remain against it. Overjoyed, Charles began to prepare frantically for the voyage. The ship was scheduled to depart in a couple of weeks. But as he prepared, he received a shattering note: it turned out that there had been a miscommunication and FitzRoy had already promised
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